Economic Development Corporation

Regular Meetings

Regular board meetings are held in the Palestine Economic Development Corporation Conference Room on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 10:00 a.m.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas must be posted and accessible to the public for at least 72 hours prior to the meeting. Minutes are available following board approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes


  • Dan Bochsler, Vice-President, Place 1
    Appointed: May 23, 2022
    Term ends: December 31, 2023
  • Kimberly Willmott, Secretary/Treasurer, Place 2
    Appointed: April 12, 2021
    Term ends: December 31, 2023
  • Suzanne Eiben, Place 3
    Appointed: October 12, 2020
    Term ends: December 31, 2023
  • Joseph Thompson, Place 4
    Appointed: September 27, 2021
    Term ends: December 31, 2023
  • Ben Campbell, President, Place 5
    Appointed: March 12, 2018
    Term ends: December 31, 2024
  • Linda Dickens, Place 6
    Appointed: April 13, 2015
    Term ends: December 31, 2024
  • Charles Drane, Place 7
    Appointed: August 27, 2018
    Term ends: December 31, 2024

About Us

Palestine Economic Development Corporation is a Type B Texas economic development corporation established under the Development Corporation Act of 1979.  Currently, our division is funded by ¼ cent of sales tax revenue. Our mission is: To promote and facilitate responsible commercial and industrial business retention and growth that expands, diversifies, and strengthens the local tax base while enhancing local amenities and destination attractions throughout the City of Palestine. Our department, within the City of Palestine, oversees economic development, business recruitment, retention, and expansion. The PEDC Board, established by state law and appointed by the Mayor and City Council, provides governance and policy direction for the economic development of Palestine, Texas.

The corporation is comprised of seven directors. Directors serve two-year terms but may continue to act after the end of their term until a successor is appointed by City Council. 

Please contact the Economic Development Director at 903-729-4100 regarding Palestine Economic Development Corporation Meetings.

Helpful Links

Palestine Economic Development

View the Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Palestine Economic Development Corporation (PDF).